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Press Release -- January 17th, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Level 3 Named “Ethernet Service Provider of the Year” in Latin America

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc., (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been honored with the “Service Provider of the Year” award for its Ethernet services in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) region by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), a global industry alliance. Level 3 also won the “Best Business Ethernet Service” award. The MEF Carrier Ethernet Service Provider Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet services.

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“The ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award represents the highest cumulative score for all categories – business, wholesale and marketing – with an additional score for service coverage, access technologies and partnership agreements,” said Nan Chen, MEF president.

“Level 3 won the ‘Best Business Ethernet Service’ award for providing the most unique and innovative Ethernet service to the enterprise segment within the CALA region,” said Chen. “Ethernet is a key component for companies trying to drive growth while also increasing efficiencies, and providers like Level 3 are helping companies leverage the technology to create business value.”

The awards are presented annually in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and in the Caribbean and Latin America region, and are determined by a judging panel comprising five global and regional analysts.

“Overall, the award entries highlight the important role of Ethernet as a network transport technology delivering enhanced performance and efficiency to the enterprise,” stated Nav Chander, senior analyst at IDC and one of the judges. “Broad deployment of Ethernet now spans the globe and Level 3 is uniquely positioned in a number of the major regions of the world, including Latin America, to meet the growing demand for Ethernet services.”

“Level 3 is proud to receive these awards in recognition of our Ethernet services,” said Hector Alonso, Level 3’s regional president Latin America. “We’re working closely with our customers, as well as with organizations like MEF, to create value for the market by offering services we believe are the most reliable and flexible Ethernet solutions available.”

Level 3´s EtherSphere(SM) Wide Area Network (WAN) transport services are available in 28 countries.

For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About the MEF
The MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 170 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations.  The MEF’s mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services.  The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

For more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at http://www.MetroEthernetForum.org/.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers’ growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit www.level3.com.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3), Think Ahead, EtherSphere, the Level 3 Logo and the Level 3 Think Ahead logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.  Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3’s web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to:  the company’s ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing.  Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to:  increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Contact Information  
   
Media: Investors:
Richard Larris Mark Stoutenberg
North America +1 720-888-2518
+1 973-937-0153 Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com
Richard.Larris@Level3.com  
   
Paula Vivo  
Latin America  
+55 11 3957 2424  
Paula.Vivo@level3.com

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